At age 81, Phil Hill (above), the only American-born driver to win the FormulaOne championship. Hill, who grew up in California, won his title under sadcircumstances. In 1961 he was involved in a tight points race with Ferrariteammate Wolfgang von Trips. In the penultimate race of the season, the ItalianGrand Prix, Von Trips died in an accident that also killed 15 spectators. Hillwon the race and clinched the championship. An introspective man in a sportdominated by playboys—he spent much of his spare time in Europe in operahouses—Hill quit driving for a time in the 1950s because of anxiety and ulcers.But in a 1961 piece he wrote for SI, he described how the thrill of climbinginto a car drew him back: "All doubts, all anxieties, all memories of pastpainful struggles fade away before the magic of this occasional purity, and Iam at one with the car."
At age 44, former NBA center Kevin Duckworth. The 7-footer was a two-timeAll-Star for the Blazers in his 11-year career. One of the most popular playersin Portland history—he made his off-season home in the city—Duckworth died inGleneden Beach, Ore., while on a goodwill tour for the team; an autopsyrevealed an enlarged heart. "People talk about Clyde Drexler being the bestplayer on the team, but I say it was Kevin Duckworth," said former teammateBuck Williams. "He was the X factor ... the glue that [held] the teamtogether."
At age 81, after suffering a heart attack, Walter Kowalski (right), who shot tofame in the 1950s as pro wrestler Killer Kowalski. One night in Montreal in1954, Kowalski accidentally tore off part of the ear of opponent Yukon Eric.When he visited Eric in the hospital, the two laughed at how silly his bandageslooked. The next day the papers reported that Kowalski had gone to the hospitaland laughed at his victim, cementing his status as one of the leading heels ofthe day. The 6'7", 275-pound Kowalski—in reality, a gentleman and alongtime vegetarian—retired in '77 and ran a wrestling school in Massachusetts,where he trained stars such as Triple H and Chyna.
To Indianapolis, as Hurricane Gustav headed for Louisiana, the Saints. The teamrelocated to the Colts' new Lucas Oil Stadium as it prepared for Sunday's homegame against Tampa Bay. The Saints plan to play the game at the Superdome asscheduled unless damage from the storm makes it impossible.
By doctors, the lower part of the right leg of Wayman Tisdale. The former NBAstar learned last year that he had a cancerous cyst in the leg; the surgery wasperformed last week to keep the cancer from spreading. Tisdale, 44, is anaward-winning jazz bass guitarist, and his latest album, Rebound, was inspiredby his fight against the disease. Tisdale said he plans on touring as scheduledlater this year.
By the LPGA, that its players must be conversant in English. Nineteen eventsthis season have been won by international players, including two who speakvirtually no English. "We are a U.S.-based tour, and English is thelanguage used by the vast majority of our sponsors and fans and media,"said deputy commissioner Libba Galloway. "It is vital that our players cancommunicate with these core audiences." Beginning next year players whocan't speak English face suspension until their proficiency improves. No othersport has such a rule. The Asian American Justice Center deemed the policy"an affront to our American principles of diversity and equality."
By Chad Johnson, his last name. The Bengals receiver will now legally be knownas Chad Ocho Cinco, in honor of his jersey number. (Ocho cinco is Spanish for8-5.) "Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do?" Ocho Cincotold the Bengals' website. "I'm having fun."
They Said It
Cubs manager, on why he wishes baseball's instant replay process were like theNFL's:
"I'd love to be able to throw a red hankie or a green hankie. Imagine beingable to throw something on the field and not be ejected."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A man was ejected from Yankee Stadium for attempting toleave his seat area to use the restroom during the playing of God BlessAmerica.
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